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Archive for the 'News' Category celebrates first birthday!

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Since it’s launch a year ago,, which has a mandate to globally democratize data,  has  undergone a makeover.  There are new opportunities to interact with the data as well as new feature such as usage statistics and apps featuring  crime statistics by neighborhood to the best towns to find a job to seeing the […]

Rise and Fall of the GDP

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Read the article Rise and Fall of the  GDP in the New York Times Magazine.  The author Jon Gertner  attended a presentation on the Canadian Index of Well-Being presented by Alex Michalos,  a former chancellor at the University of Northern British Columbia. The presentation on the Canadian Index of Well Being is available here.  Michalos’ […]

U.S Government responds to oil spill in Gulf

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources resumed it’s Hearing May 12th, 2010 to review current issues related to offshore oil and gas development – you can view the archived webcast of  the Hearing. Take a look at the US government response timeline. Take a look  at the Deepwater Horizon Response site, which gives […]

Green Energy Advisory Task Force Report Released

Friday, April 30th, 2010

The BC Ministry of Energy,  Mines and Petroleum released the Green Energy Advisory Task Force Report on Wednesday.  The province also passed the Clean Energy Act (Bill 17) on the same day.  According to the BC News Release the Act builds on a number of recommendations from the task force, including: Confirming our commitment to […]

BC Government keeps funding for shelters

Friday, April 16th, 2010

The BC Liberal Government has agreed to keep the funding for  3 of Vancouver’s emergency shelters: New Fountain Shelter (51B Cordova St.) – 28 beds, Portland Hotel Society Central Shelter (240 Northern St.) – 100 beds, Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre First United Church (320 Hastings St.) – 200 spaces, First United Church of Canada. Read […]

Affordable Health Care for America Act

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009:  “To provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending, and for other purposes.” Read the New York Times story regarding the US groundbreaking legislation here See the actual 1017 page Bill that was introduced in the House here – From […]

HotDocs DocLibrary – Dept of Canadian Heritage

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

“This site is supported by the Department of Canadian Heritage. It provides free access to a large growing collection of documentary films from Canadian film makers. These include materials from National Film Board. Materials can be searched or browsed by topic. There are also playlists for films by young film makers and a section designed […]

Count down to the 2010 US Census

Thursday, February 25th, 2010

An interesting article from the NY Times documents the difficulties in tracking people in large metropolitan cities  such as New York. Also the 2010 Census website has detailed information about the upcoming US census.

New Climate change report released – Copenhagen Diagnosis

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

The Copenhagen Diagnosis was released yesterday in advance of the December 7th United Nations-led climate change conference in Copenhagen — This report is an update from the 2007 assessment of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) You can read the full report here Read the Times Colonist story here

Debate heats up in the Legislature over salaries after release of Comptroller General’s report.

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The House resumed yesterday after a week long break and the top story was the salary of BC Ferries CEO David Hahn. The report generating the intense debate was requested by the Transportation Minister Shirely Bond but she will not be taking any immediate action. “…the person who requested the review, B.C. Transportation Minister Shirley […]

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